Akai Gurley Police Shooting Case Heads To Trial

June 24, 2015  |  

A request to dismiss charges against Officer Peter Liang for the 2014 shooting death of Akai Gurley was denied Tuesday, The Huffington Post reports. Judge Danny K. Chun found the evidence in the case “legally sufficient” to proceed to trial.

Earlier this year, Liang was charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault and official misconduct in Gurley’s death. As you may recall, Gurley and his girlfriend, Kimberly Ballinger were entering a dark stairwell in the Louis H. Pink Houses in Brooklyn when Liang discharged his gun. A single bullet ricocheted off of a wall struck 28-year-old Gurley in the chest.

Gurley’s aunt, Hertencia Peterson, said that she was relieved the case was going to trial.

“My God is an awesome God!” Petersen boasted outside of the courthouse Tuesday. “We will not stop until Peter Liang is in jail. We will not stop until — for every black, brown life that has been brutalized and murdered by the NYPD — everyone has to be held accountable.”

Gurley’s partner and mother of his two daughters expressed gratitude regarding the judge’s decision.

“We’re grateful,” Ballinger said. “Hopefully justice is served. This is the next step. We appreciate it. We will be here every day, as long as we have to until justice for Akai is actually served.”

Liang is due back in court on September 29, which when Chun will set a trial date.

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